Businessman switches to Chinese supplier because of Brexit
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Caller Mike, who works in the clothing supply sector, explained that post-Brexit red tape meant his usual Polish supplier was struggling to ship products to him from within the European Union. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Mike said: “I work for a clothing supply business and we have companies all over the UK. I have to confess we haven’t had many problems, I’m pleased to say.
“I always look at being in business as a challenge, having been in business for over 30 years you see things come and go.
“You get problems all the time, you’ve just got to battle through.
“People are saying that it’s because of Brexit. Whatever the problem that comes along you’ve got to sort it.
“Trying to do business with Europe now is getting more difficult because since Brexit they are putting more obstacles in the way and just last week a supplier from Poland couldn’t get the product through that we ordered even though we’ve ordered it before.
“He said the problem was with imports and exports and he didn’t want the hassle.
“In the end, I got fed up with him and contacted a supplier in China.
“Within 48 hours I had the product sorted and it’s being delivered next week.”
It comes as Brexit minister Lord Frost hinted that action over Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal could be taken by Christmas as he called for “short, intensive” talks with the EU to get underway swiftly.
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The Tory peer said on Monday that “serious” discussions with Brussels should take place after European officials respond to UK proposals, which he expects “within the next couple of weeks”.
But if the UK and the EU cannot strike an agreement, Lord Frost said Britain will consider what is seen to be the nuclear option of triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The move would effectively tear up parts of the deal to avoid a hard border with Ireland, which he negotiated with the EU last December.
Lord Frost told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that he would “soon be sending” new legal texts to the EU with proposals to resolve the “serious political problem”.
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“I hope that might change over the next couple of weeks or so. It does need to be resolved though, one way or another, whether it’s through negotiations or Article 16,” he told a fringe event arranged by the Policy Exchange think tank.
“We need a short, intensive, and good faith talk process to happen quite soon, and as we come out of that we will know if an agreement is possible or not – and if it’s not possible then obviously we will be looking into Article 16.
“But we need to try everything. We need to show that we’ve tried everything and we need to see if it is possible to agree something.”
The Conservative peer was asked if the problems surrounding Article 16 could be over by Christmas.
“Will it be over by Christmas? I think something will be over by Christmas,” he responded cryptically.
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